This guidebook provides an introduction to ski touring in France's Savoie and covers the Vanoise National Park and surrounding area. 11 routes across all the major areas of the region including tours of all levels of difficulty and styles, from one-day trips to multi-day, hut-to-hut journeys, plus the best ski-mountaineering ascents.

Seasons

Seasons

Generally February until May, but may vary according to snow conditions.
Centres

Centres

Valmorel, St Francois-Longchamp, Le Collet d’Allevard, Les Septs Laux, Granier, La Plagne, Valloire, Val d’Isere, the Ambin valley, Averole valley, Carro/Evettes.
Difficulty

Difficulty

All grades from easy to strenuous. Ski touring and ski mountaineering can be extremely dangerous. Always be sure that you are properly equipped, and are trained and experienced in mountain safety.
Must See

Must See

Completing a ski tour with perfect snow, in perfect weather!
ISBN
9781852843755
Availability
Published
Published
1 Jan 2003
Edition
First
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
270g
  • Overview

    Ski Touring in the Vanoise provides an introduction to ski touring in the French département of Savoie and covers the Vanoise National Park and surrounding area. Skiing exploded in Savoie in the 1960s and 1970s, when every mountain village wanted to exploit the 'white gold' that fell every winter. Despite the massive development of ski resorts, including some of the biggest and best in the world, many areas remained untouched and became the reserve of ski tourers. It is in these untouched areas that you will find the real 'white gold' of Savoie.

    The guide is aimed at skiers who find the magnificent, unspoilt scenery and peace and quiet of the mountains as exhilarating as the thrill of a perfect descent. The guide covers all the major areas of the region and includes tours of all levels of difficulty and of all styles, from one-day trips to multi-day, hut-to-hut journeys. The tours that have been chosen reflect the variety of landscape and skiing that makes ski touring in Savoie so special.

    The guide is divided into 12 chapters, which describe 63 days of skiing, with over 100 additional alternatives and variations. Although more than an off-piste skiing guide, many of the tours start from resorts and can be combined with a resort-based ski holiday.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    Geography
    Access
    Snow Conditions and Avalanches
    Emergencies
    Equipment
    Maps
    Mountain Huts
    Accommodation
    Bad Weather Alternatives
    Using the Route Descriptions
    Chapter 1: The Lauzière
    Alternatives
    Day 1 The Pointe de Combe Bronsin
    Day 2 Traverse of Mont Bellacha
    Day 3 The Grand Arc
    Day 4 Traverse of the Pointe des Marmottes Noires
    Day 5 The Pic du Rognolet
    Day 6 The Grand Pic de la Lauzière
    Chapter 2: The Belledonne
    Alternatives
    Day 1 La Bourgeat Noire to the Refuge de l'Oule
    Day 2 Traverse of the Col de Comberousse and the Col de la Valloire
    Day 3 Traverse of the Col de l'Eglise and the Col de Morétan
    Day 4 Tour of the Pic Nord du Merlet
    Day 5 Tour of the Grand Morétan
    Chapter 3: The Beaufortain
    Alternatives
    Other Itneraries
    Day 1 Granier to the Refuge de la Coire
    Day 2 Tour of the Crêt du Rey
    Day 3 Traverse of the Col du Mont Coin and the Col du Bresson
    Day 4 Traverse of the Col du Grand Fond and the Col de la Nova
    Day 5 Traverse of the Mont Rosset
    Chapter 4: Valloire
    Alternatives
    Other Itineraries
    Day 1 Traverse of the Pointe des Raticières
    Day 2 The Aiguille de l'Epaisseur
    Day 3 The Col des Aiguilles d'Arves
    Day 4 Traverse of the Crête d'Argentière
    Chapter 5: The Tour of the Mont Thabor
    Alternatives
    Day 1 Traverse of the Col de Fontaine Froide
    Day 2 Traverse of the Col de l'Etroit du Vallon and the Crête de Mome
    Day 3 The Pic du Lac Blanc
    Day 4 Traverse of the Rocher de la Grande Tempête
    Day 5 The Roche Château
    Day 6 Traverse of the Mont Thabor
    Chapter 6: The North Vanoise
    Alternatives
    Other Itineraries
    Day 1 Le Bois to the Refuge de Plaisance
    Day 2 The Dôme des Pichères
    Day 3 Traverse of the Pointe de Vallaisonnay
    Day 4 The Col de la Grande Casse
    Day 5 The Col du Tougne
    Chapter 7: The Glaciers de la Vanoise
    Alternatives
    Day 1 Les Prioux to the Refuge de la Valette
    Day 2 Traverse of the Dôme de Chasseforêt
    Day 3 Traverse of the Col du Moine
    Day 4 Traverse of the Pointe de l'Observatoire
    Day 5 The Dôme de Polset
    Chapter 8: Val d'Isère
    Alternatives
    Day 1 Val d'Isère to the Refuge de Prariond
    Day 2 The Pointe de la Galise
    Day 3 The Grande Aiguille Rousse
    Alternatives
    Day 1 Val d'Isère to the Refuge du Fond des Fours
    Day 2 Traverse of the Pointe de Méan Martin
    Day 3 Traverse of the Pointe de la Sana
    Chapter 9: The Ambin Valley
    Alternatives
    Other Itineraries
    Day 1 The Le Suffet to the Refuge d'Ambin
    Day 2 The Mont d'Ambin
    Day 3 The Pointe Sommeiller
    Day 4 The Pointe Ferrand
    Day 5 Traverse of the Petit Vallon
    Chapter 10: Avérole
    Alternatives
    Other Itineraries
    Day 1 Bessans to the Refuge d'Avérole
    Day 2 The Col de la Bessanèse
    Day 3 The Ouille d'Arbéron
    Day 4 Traverse of the Albaron
    Chapter 11: Carro/Evettes
    Alternatives
    Other Itineraries
    Day 1 Ecot to the Refuge du Carro
    Day 2 The Levanna Occidentale
    Day 3 The Grande Aiguille Rousse
    Day 4 The Carro–Evettes Traverse
    Day 5 The Petite Ciamarella
    Day 6 The Pointe Francesetti
    Chapter 12: Ski Mountaineering
    The Aiguille des Glaciers
    The Aiguille de la Grande Sassière
    The Mont Pourri
    The Grande Casse

    Glossary
    Appendix 1 Mountain Hut List
    Appendix 2 Tourist Information Offices

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    Updates

    January 2006

    Chapter 7: The Glaciers de la Vanoise

    Day 3

    The Fond d’Aussois hut has been replaced by a new hut, just next to the old one. The new hut is perhaps more comfortable than the old one, but it has nowhere near the same charm. The hut is staffed from the end of March to the middle of May (40 places when staffed, 19 places in the winter room). The telephone number has not changed.

    Day 4

    In 2005, the Péclet-Polset hut burned down (for the third time in its history) and is now in the process of being repaired. At the moment, a winter room is open, but there are no heating or cooking facilities (according to the tourist office at Pralognan). It is hoped to reopen the refuge fully this summer, but there is “no guarantee this will happen”.

    Chapter 9: The Ambin Valley

    Day 2

    Mont d’Ambin: the easiest way to the true summit from above the subsidiary summit at 3314m is to stay to the right (east) of the summit ridge, reaching the summit from the north. Most people stop at the subsidiary summit at 3314m.

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Most peoples' lives contain at least one significant turning point. Paul Henderson's came in 1995 - on his 32nd birthday - when he moved to France to join his wife, Alice, in Chambéry.The guides he has put together for Cicerone were motivated by a desire to share the joy he has found ski touring and cycling in the French Alps.

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